We had the good fortune of connecting with HJT and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi HJT, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Well the mentality that I had and still have in everything I do is AMBITION. Then I proceeded to say YES to every opportunity, often times we get hit with major opportunities that we can be afraid of but I had to remember a book that I had read by Steve Harvey called Jump To Success.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a PR Rep at the Meme Agency in Atlanta,Ga. I specialize in Talent Relations, Media Relations and Events. I’ve been afforded to work with the industry’s top Celebs from Malik Yoba, Karen Civil, Jill Scott, Traci Braxton, Kym Lee, Mya, And the late John Singleton. I’ve managed Media Rooms, Red Carpets, and Executed Events. All of this started from me saying Yes to an opportunity of working in PR, and field that I had no desire to be in but I knew with great risk comes great reward. Working in the entertainment industry has its ups and downs, and I have definitely had my share. But I knew that I had a vision for my life and I had to stay consistent and keep saying YES. During my journey I’ve learned that everybody is not you’re friend, you are always being watched, and Securing The Relationship is more IMPORTANT than Securing The Bag. I want to inspire the next Millennial to know that you can be the youngest person in the room and still be as valuable. Keep jumping to success by saying YES, be I afraid to do what you love.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Washington,DC so I’ll definitely have to say that if you’re looking for good food, and nightlife,This city has it all. First the top of week will be touring the Nations Capitol Museums and Monuments including African American Museum, Hirshhorn Museum, Monuments. Then later in the week leading to the weekend, take them to some cool lounges and restaurants such as The Harlot Lounge, St.Yves Club, then we would go uptown in Adams Morgan to some Hookah spots and then finally on a Saturday have brunch at either La Vie, Sequoia, Blackwell Hitch, or Farmers Distillers which some of my fav spots. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I got started working in the Entertainment Industry, they’re were a few woman in my life that propelled me. I would like to show love to Thomasina Washington, Tressa Azarel, Jasmine Love, Vern Goff, and Kym Lee

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Image Credits
The photo that I’ve submitted for the Feature was shot by The Legendary Celebrity Portrait Artist Jackie Hicks.

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